Just curious, when you mentioned the free maintenance being worthless and non-existent, what are you referring to in that statement. I stated you liked the 2.5? Did I mis-read something?
My 'worthless and non-existent' editorializing surrounding the free maint. program overall is that its literally nothing more than merely providing $35 in oil and a $12 filter cartridge, I recall every 7,000 miles for a maximum of 5 times in the 3 years. Here's the promotion:
• Engine oil and oil filter changes
• Tire rotations
• Multi-point inspection. Does not cover services or repairs listed as “inspect” in the Owner’s Manual
• Normal Maintenance Schedule Intervals only. Any additional maintenance due to severe driving is the customer’s responsibility
• Normal wear and tear items such as engine and air filters, cabin filter, wiper blades, brake pads, etc. are not covered
• Any recommended services and inspections outside of oil and oil filter changes, and tire rotations will be subject to charge
I do appreciate that many owners' situations are different and that this level of maintenance is perceived as satisfactory and the service as valued. I will be doing all maintenance myself so that the covered material costs involved wind up little more than a pittance over the span of the promotion. My emphasis was by even discounting Hyundai's '3-Year Free Maintenance Program' that their warranty and relatively straightforward drive-train design were more than ample to favor the ICE over either hybrid.